USC Skids To 2-0 Loss To WSU
Oct. 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team got snarled in another shutout loss today, this time denied of a Pac-12 win by visiting Washington State, which pulled off a 2-0 victory over the Trojans at McAlister Field. In spite of another solid stretch of strong soccer played at both ends by the Women of Troy, they again came up empty on the scoreboard. The loss puts USC at 5-6-1 overall and 0-3 in Pac-12 play, while WSU improves to 8-1-3, 1-1-1.
Washington State outshot USC by a slim 11-9 margin, but those two extra Cougar shots proved the difference. Mesa Owsley's booming free kick from 30 yards out slipped under the crossbar and out of reach of the fingertips of USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. The long-distance strike came against the run of play, but all the same put WSU up 1-0 on the Trojans in the 37th minute. USC was just inches away from an equalizer on two occasions before the close of the half, as a nifty Tanya Samarzich setup saw Megan Borman blaze in for a great hitter that just shimmied wide. Minutes later, Samarzich again provided some magic and slipped a pass to Katie Johnson, who got a sizzling foot on the ball but slammed it high.
Even down 1-0 at the break, USC looked up to the challenge in the second half. The Trojan possession game was on point, and Stanley was up to the task of a couple stubborn stops on WSU chances. After drumming up a pair of corner kicks, USC wound up seeing the Cougars generate another attack. Owsley pushed a pass up for teammate Koutrney Guetlein on the breakaway. Guetlein got through the USC defense and beat an oncoming Stanley by calmly slotting her shot to the far post to take WSU ahead 2-0 in the 70th minute. The Trojans kept pressing, and generated some late looks that were just off the mark, leaving USC with a fourth straight loss and its third of Pac-12 play.
The Women of Troy are now looking for a lift with a road trip to the Bay Area next week. USC will play California at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 11) in Berkeley before visiting Stanford in a 5 p.m. clash on Sunday (Oct. 13) in Palo Alto.
Washington State 2, USC 0
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 3, Gurveen Clair (WSU) 1
SHOTS: USC 9, WSU 11
CORNER KICKS: USC 3, WSU 4
FOULS: USC 14, WSU 16